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post #1 of 31 Old 03-27-2012, 01:53 AM Thread Starter
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Which horse has the best conformation?

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I'm looking to buy a horse and have seen and ridden two that I like and just can't choose between them. If I had to choose a disipline it would be dressage and/or showjumping, although I'm also looking for a 'pleasure' horse as well.

This horse would be my first horse. I have studied the two photos of the horses and can't see anything glaringly wrong. Of course, I would get a full vet check as well. I have been reading all of these posts with great interest (they are fantastic!) and would very much appreciate your comments!

Horse A
12,500 AUD, 8 years old, 16.2hh, x Holsteiner
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post #2 of 31 Old 03-27-2012, 01:55 AM
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I don't know what to look for in a dressage/jumpers confo (I'm a western girl, lol) But I really like the first grey. Would certainly catch a judge's attention.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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I like the sorrel horse. They are both nice but the second one has a nicer hip.

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I like the sorrel better, but I think maybe the grey may be a better choice if you're wanting to jump. I'm basing this solely on the angle and position of the neck, and am probably totally wrong! Interested to see what the experts have to say....
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Grey! But I'm pretty biased so don't mind me xD
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I'm kinda bothered by the fact that the sorrel's mane is on the wrong side....If I am not mistake, isn't it kind of a big deal to a judge if it isn't to the right? All mine have always been to the right so I never got a comment even when I was doing english still...Just my OCD speaking out.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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I like the gray but he(?) seems light in bone.
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I prefer the sorrel; bigger bone, nicer gaskin, big feet and good short back.
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I'm kinda bothered by the fact that the sorrel's mane is on the wrong side....If I am not mistake, isn't it kind of a big deal to a judge if it isn't to the right? All mine have always been to the right so I never got a comment even when I was doing english still...Just my OCD speaking out.
Judges don't give two hoots in dressage and jumping which side the mane is on - it's plaited to compete anyway.

OP, what is the breeding of these horses, and what have they done?
Theys are both rather pricey, for me to spend that I would want reasonable breeding and for them to have some experience. Not just a hefty price tag because of the warmblood title.

As for conformation, I'm torn between the two. The grey has a better front end on it, however the tail is set quite high and it looks to have quite a long back (though the photo is terrible so not much can be told about the conformation).
The chestnut is quite nice, but I definitely wouldn't be paying 12k for it unless it was proven in the competition arena or training at a reasonable level. It also looks a little downhill, and very heavy through the neck and gullet. What type of warmblood is it?

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I'm kinda bothered by the fact that the sorrel's mane is on the wrong side....If I am not mistake, isn't it kind of a big deal to a judge if it isn't to the right? All mine have always been to the right so I never got a comment even when I was doing english still...Just my OCD speaking out.
I've never heard of that before...but then again I don't ride English. Do judges really care about which side the main lies? Just wondering because my horse's mane lies on the left side..
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